From Squamish BC’s Howe Sound Brewing comes the “Woolly Bugger Barley Wine” 2017 Vintage. After a few years of moving to a 650ml bottle Howe Sound Brewing has opted to move to a 750ml bottle for this beer. The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a tan head. The aroma consists dark fruits, almost cherry, caramel, some hops bitterness and a sweet finish. The flavour is of dark fruits, cherry, resin, citrus rind, toffee, caramel, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 10.7%
From Milton, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery comes their “120 Min IPA”. The beer pours a very deep cloudy orange with an off white head. The aroma consists of alcohol, dark fruit, caramel and sweetness. The flavour is of candi sugar, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, sweetness, bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at around 18% with an IBU of 120. I am a big fan of Barley Wine and this beer is way more of one than it is an IPA.
Commercial Description: Clocking in at 15-20% ABV, 120 Minute IPA is continuously hopped with a copious amount of high-alpha American hops throughout the boil and whirlpool, and then dry-hopped with another pallet of hops. Unfiltered and abundently hoppy, it’s the Holy Grail for hopheads! We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles — some to enjoy and some to age. Every Beer Has A Story…
From Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current Saskatchewan comes their “Barleywine Barrel Aged”. The beer pours a deep reddish copper with a tan head. The aroma consists of candied sugar, sweetness, toffee, dark fruits, red wine, oak and vanilla. The flavour is of dark fruits, candied sugar, red wine, toffee, oak, fairly low bitterness and a mild alcohol burn to finish it off. The alcohol content comes in at 10.5% with an IBU of 35. I am a massive fan of Barleywine’s and this one is really enjoyable. I am glad I was able to pick up a few cans while in Saskatchewan.
Commercial Description: Barrel aged for 10 months in recently emptied red wine barrels. Our Barleywine begins with a beautiful port and wet oak aroma, which translates into a luscious, warming mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated with a strong amount of bitterness to balance out the bold dark cherry, red wine, and brandy flavours.
From Steamworks Brewing in Burnaby BC comes their latest release the “Scarlet Red Rye Ale” a Rye Barley Wine that is part of their 2017 Barrel Aged series. The beer pours a deep reddish colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of rye malts and rye whiskey, oak, red wine, dark fruits and some sweetness. The flavour is of rye malts and whiskey, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, red wine, sweetness, low bitterness and an alcohol note. The alcohol content comes in at a healthy 9.5%. This is probably the breweries most complex beer to date and I really enjoyed it. This beer has some good aging potential also.
Commercial Description: This robust Rye Barley Wine was carefully aged for months in Woodford Reserve rye barrels resulting in a vibrant red brew we fittingly named Scarlet. With rich flavours and a warming finish, it’s perfect for rainy days.
From New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing comes their “En Rouge (Barley Wine)” a Barley Wine aged in Chardonnay Barrels. This beer was cellared for 10 Months after beeing aquired on November 10, 2016. The beer pours a deep red almost brown with a tan head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, mild chardonnay, sweetness and almost a candi sugar finish. The flavour is of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, roasted malts, coconut, oak, chardonnay and grapes in general, leather, hint of bitterness and a mild lingering alcohol bite. The alcohol content comes in at 10% with an IBU of 15. Now that the Chardonnay is stepping back a bit I really enjoy this one not being a wine fan.
Commercial Description: En Blanc and En Rouge are the same 10% abv barley wine fermented with wine yeast, and aged for a year in Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels respectively. En Blanc is described as having notes of “vanilla, coconut, apricot, peach, molasses and fruitcake with a touch of citrus,” while En Rouge offers “black currant, dark cherry, leather, tobacco, plum and dates.”